Iconic prairie images in paintings and sculpture collection in PDAC main gallery
The Portage Citizen — A solo display opening in the Portage & District Arts Centre’s Main Gallery May 15 will be a prairie introspective of sorts.
Spaces, Forms and Expressions by Brandon artist Arthur Frank Oscar will feature 25 sculptures and 27 acrylic paintings inspired by old structures that are iconic images of the prairie, past and present.
Oscar transforms a variety of materials to create unique and new objects into sculpture: assemblage, welding, modelling and sculpting are all used in the development of his work.
My work is a continuous pursuit and exploration of ideas, images, materials and compositional experimentation. As a prairie artist, the exploration of spaces encompassing structures, textures and perspectives are integral aspects of my painting. Form is also a dominant presence in the painting as well as in the sculpture. Expressionism is a typical trait in my work as the work is very subjective, designed to reflect, explore and reveal feelings, moods and ideas, not to subject the viewer to an exclusively realistic or naturalistic image or to be a narrative. This desire is reinforced by using unrealistic colours, shapes, patterns, textures and perspectives that divide spaces in the paintings, sometimes resulting in paintings within paintings while maintaining a unified composition. For subject matter in the paintings I draw inspiration from old structures that are iconic images of the prairies, present and past (i.e. churches, houses, barns and sheds). I am also inspired by the flora and fauna and the vastness of the environment. Juxtapositioning seemingly unrelated images and making them compatible in the final composition is also a trait in my work.
Arthur (Art) is a practising visual artist living in Brandon, Manitoba with his wife Joan. After receiving his teaching certificate from Brandon College in 1961 he taught for 2 years before moving to Winnipeg to attend the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1967. While there he was greatly influenced by professors Don Reichert, George Swinton, Ken Lochead and Henry Kalen. He recalls Professor Swinton saying although the course is only 3 years, it is a life-long learning experience.
Art and his wife have travelled extensively, visiting galleries and museums around the world. He is an award-winning member of the Manitoba Society of Artists and has works in collections in Belgium and France. Recently Art has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM) and the Kristallijn Gallery in Mol, Belgium. He is currently preparing for a group Figure Drawing show at the AGSM this coming Fall. Art continues to paint and sculpt in his Brandon studio.
Spaces, Forms and Expressions exhibition by Arthur Frank Oscar will hang in the gallery from May 15 to June 23. The free public opening reception and artist talk is on May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Portage & District Arts Centre (PDAC) 11-2nd Street NE (west doors of the
For more information about this show or other events at the gallery, contact Lee Beaton, Marketing & Events Coordinator, by phone: 204-239-6029 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit the gallery on the web at portageartscentre.ca.
McDonald’s is sponsoring the exhibition.